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Public Works Loans—Returns

Volume 218: debated on Friday 24 April 1874

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asked the Secretary to the Treasury, When the Return to an Order of this House, dated July 13, 1871, with reference to Public Works (Loans), and ordered to be printed, August 10, 1872, may probably be expected to be delivered to Honourable Members?

My attention, Sir, has been called to this Return, which I find has been ready for a long time; but a question has arisen as to the method in which the profits on the loans made since 1817 should be stated, and the Treasury has been unwilling to distribute the Return until the Departments were agreed upon the principle to be adopted. I find that it is only a small part of the Return to which the doubt applies, and I propose to distribute it, omitting that part, and adding a Memorandum that the omitted part shall be laid on the Table in substantive form when completed.